Monday, September 27, 2010

City receives $200K grant for after-school programs

The city announced Monday it received a $200,00 grant to run an after-school program for at-risk youth and their families.

The program, called "EXCEL," begins Oct. 4. It's a partnership with the Racine Unified School District's Lighted Schoolhouse Program. It will concentrate on helping kids catch up in school and learn to read, and focus on the physical, intellectual, and emotional needs of the students.

“This is just another example of why Racine is rapidly becoming known as the City of Partnerships,” said Mayor John Dickert. “This particular partnership allows us to send a loud and clear message that after-school is not about preventing bad behaviors. It is an opportunity, a basic human right for all kids.”

The EXCEL program is free for families.

Open houses will be held from 5-7 pm this Thursday, September 30 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 1134 Martin Luther King Drive, and the Dr. John Bryant Community Center, 601 21st Street.

The Tyler-Domer Community Center, 2301 12th Street, will also be a part of the program when it begins in October.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to register for the program during the open houses.

For more information, call Leisa Hill-Driver, John Bryant Community Center Director at 262-636-9236 or James Wilson, Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Director at 262-636-9445.

1 comment:

  1. Where did the funding for this program come from?